What Makes it Rain?

Clouds come alive when curious minds create rain in an action-packed activity. Scholars view a video of rain and analyze an image of water uses to generate a class discussion leading into a hands-on exploration. Using a set of procedures, investigators make and examine rain droplets. Group members watch an interesting animation describing rain, allowing for a richer teacher-led explanation and summation of the activity. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use a think-pair-strategy with team members to unpack the illustration at the beginning of the activity
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires advance materials collection and set up
  • Explain expectations for waste disposal before starting the lesson
  • Section two in a six-part series
Pros
  • Interactive lesson allows learners connect with content 
  • Includes step-by-step directions helps young scientists practice following a scientific procedure
Cons
  • None
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